iPhone XS Max Bought unlocked xs max using tmo sim question

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  1. Limeybastid macrumors member

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    Since I'm the designated setter upper for her new phone. Is it simply the case of inserting her current tmobile nano sim inside her new iPhone xs max and that's it or do I have to engage tmobile customer services? Its been a while since I setup an iPhone.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Just insert the old SIM into the new phone.

    Be aware that if you bought 'unlocked' from any store other than Apple, the XS will actually lock to T-Mobile. That's because of the Apple Retail Flex policy that applies to third party vendors.

    It means that you'll have to call T-Mobile and ask them to unlock the phone after 40 days if you want it unlocked again.

    A way around that is to insert a Verizon SIM first, then the T-Mob SIM.

    If none of that matters to you then no need to worry.
     
  3. Limeybastid thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh dear. I wasn't aware that it would lock to tmobile, hence why I didnt buy from bestbuy lol. I bought a brand new sealed "unlocked" from Ebay.
     
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    The policy doesn't apply to eBay vendors, but it would apply to any third party vendor the seller may have got the phone from - if they did.

    Unless you have a reason not to trust the seller you should be fine.
     
  5. Limeybastid thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I've messaged the seller. They seem legit with over 8k sales and 100% feedback
     
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    Was this option cheaper than buying direct through Apple? I don’t know enough about eBay selling but this would have me suspicious? I hope it all works out for you.
     
  8. Limeybastid thread starter macrumors member

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    About 10% cheaper.
     
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    I am always wary of eBay when it comes to Apple hardware. Let us know how it turns out.
     
  10. Limeybastid thread starter macrumors member

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    I did my research. All devices bought as unlocked lock to their first used sim card. Unless one buys the unlocked version from apple USA directly.
     
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    Agreed. Plan is to enter the imei onto apple's imei website checker and see what it says before opening the sealed box.
     
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    eBay has not kept up with the times and is Spam Land now, including the company themselves. Stay clear!!!
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    Not worth it IMO.
     
  13. Limeybastid thread starter macrumors member

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    Well it all turned out good for her. It was a genuine unlocked device. After setup with a T-Mobile sim , I installed a Sprint sim and it recognized it. I did also pay an eBay seller $1 to run a gxr search on the device before opening it.
     
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    Limeybastid thread starter macrumors member

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    Now the only issue is how to bring over the pictures from her sd card, I think ios13 will help? In particular with the file name convention.

    She already had to bump her storage space from the complimentary 5gb to 200gb. This is for a new IOS user. Her backup was rated at approx 85gb on her first day of use on the iPhone. Probably the stuff that migrated over from using iOS move app .
     

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